Trump also said Sunday that the US has a “very good dialogue” going with North Korea, despite signs that talks between the two countries appear to have reached a stalemate.
“Now I say this, North Korea, we’re doing very well,” Trump told reporters outside the White House on Sunday. “And again, no rockets. There’s no rockets. There’s no anything. We’re doing very well.”
Trump noted that sanctions against North Korea will remain “in full force and effect” in the meantime, and warned that if anyone else had been elected US president, “you’d be at war right now.”
“You would right now be in a nice, big fat war in Asia with North Korea if I wasn’t elected president,” Trump said.
Trump’s remarks last week came one day after Kim’s New Year’s address, in which the North Korean leader warned the US about sanctions.
“I’ll endeavor towards a result that will be welcomed by the international community,” Kim said of the potential second meeting between the two leaders.
North Korea, however, would have “no choice but to defend our country’s sovereignty and supreme interest, and find a new way to settle peace on our peninsula” if the US “misinterprets our people’s patience, and makes one-sided demands and continues down the path of sanctions and pressure on our republic,” Kim said.